(Editor’s note: The following memorial is from an email that The Interfaith Nutrition Network’s (INN) Executive Director Jean Kelly sent to board members of The INN following the death of Don Axinn. When we asked if it could be published, it was requested that we include that one of Mr. Axinn’s last wishes was that anyone wishing to do so, may make a contribution in his memory to The INN. )
Dear All INN Angels,
I am very sorry to have to announce that one of the original INN angels, Don Axinn, left this world last night after a valiant battle with cancer.
The first weekend in October over 50 past classmates joined together in Manhasset to celebrate our 45th MHS reunion. What an event and what a homecoming.
I’m sitting in one of those defensive driving refresher courses and the instructor asks, “Should road tests be administered periodically?” And this guy on the other side of 70 wakes up from his nap and says, “No, I don’t have the reflexes.” Seriously. And the instructor continues by rote to canvass the class saying, “OK, any other answers?”
This past March, Rocky Pacent, the Manhasset PAL Director of girls travel softball, lost his battle with cancer. Rocky spent many years building the girls program from the ground up into the highly competitive scholastic and recreational teams we field today. In his memory, and to further his high expectations, family and friends committed to building a new synthetic-turf baseball/softball field at Manhasset High/Secondary School.
Thank you Manhasset! Thank you for standing by our side when Great Neck was faced with a hate group protest on Friday, Sept. 25. Our police and our public officials led a safe, strong yet silent, response. When we were told to “ignore,” we ignored, and that angry group from Kansas did not receive the heated response they had hoped for. We thank Manhasset for their support.
Two letters appearing in the Manhasset Press on Sept. 24 contend that insufficient regulation is to blame for problems with the economy and in our health care system. One writer claims, “It wasn’t social policies that led to our current deficits.” The other thinks, “We need more regulation to protect patient’s rights.” Both take swipes at war expenditures, favor more socialism and seem dismissive of free market capitalism. With respect, I don’t agree.
Two-thirds of health care costs are related to unhealthy behaviors: smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, etc. The main emphasis for improvements in health care needs to be prevention of these behaviors. This will save money and lives. The elimination of Medicaid/Medicare fraud and elimination of unjust medical lawsuits and outrageously high malpractice premiums will also bring about major savings. This will result largely through reduction of defensive medical tests and procedures (inappropriate extra tests performed to create the illusion that all precautions, however unreasonable, have been taken).
In her Letters to the Editor of Sept. 10 and 17, Margaret Guddat opposes President Obama’s health care reform, and does what conservatives always do when faced with an advance in social justice; she invokes the boogeyman of socialism.
I write at the direction of the executive board of the Norgate Civic Association to express the opposition of our association to the town’s proposed acquisition of the private residence located at 51 Andrew Street, adjacent to the parking lot behind Town Hall.
The Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of a country is the sum of all output produced by economic activity within a country. It is a good measure of a nation’s wealth. It is well known that the GDP of Moslem nations falls way short of that of the Western World. But how far short? I decided to investigate.
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